28: Do YOU Observe The National Day Of Silence?
Posted by ridor9th on April 28, 2008
Do the Deaf Schools across the nation and Canada gets to observe the National Day of Silence last Friday on April 25, 2008? So far, I had not heard nor seen any information. I can bet one of my testicles that no deaf school in this country is part of this observation at all.
In fact, 6,800 schools and colleges across the country took part in observing the National Day of Silence sponsored by GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) last Friday on April 25, 2008 in promoting the awareness and to end the harrassment on individuals of their sexual orientation by taking a vow of silence entirely the day. The 25th of April, 2008’s National Day of Silence was also in the memory of Lawrence ‘Larry’ King who was shot dead by Brandon McInerney in Oxnard, California.
It was said that Lawrence King was 15 years old 8th grader who had been bullied by Brandon McInerney, one of the popular guys in E.O. Glass Junior High School because Lawrence was effeminate and gay. Recently, he came out of the closet and started wearing girl boots and make-ups in complimenting with the school’s mandated uniform policy. Bullied by Brandon and others for months, the school did not make efforts to prevent the torment. Then one day, Lawrence King have had enough of that crap. So he struck back by teasing and flirting Brandon in front of others. Even Lawrence asked him to be his Valentine in front of the students, hence humiliated Brandon.
The next day, Brandon murdered Lawrence in the computer lab at the school.
Where were the teachers, counselors, parents and say, church leaders in doing an effort to stop the homophobia in schools? Church leaders won’t touch this subject because they hid behind the so-called claims that God does not condone homosexuality and that they reserve the right to express their beliefs, sowing their hatred upon gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders by doing nothing about it in the first place. Many teachers, administrators, counselors and parents do go to churches, I’m sure and yet, they do nothing.
Similar to the incident that happened at my alma mater, VSDB in Staunton, Virginia. One lesbian student whom jumped off the 4th floor of Bass Hall, the girls’ dormitory in killing herself — marked the first suicide ever happened at VSDB in 169 years. She killed herself after getting dumped by her girlfriend. Actually, common sense dictates that after getting dumped by her girlfriend, she felt lack of support from anyone else in particular — teachers, staff, students and her family — so what else is better to do other than to kill herself? Off the 4th floor she went and got what she wanted.
I once accused VSDB and Mary Murray for carrying the years of silence on the mistreatments of GLBT students in VSDB. She was college-educated, for god’s sake, and did not bother to stem the past transgressions in curling these behaviors that ultimately led to this student’s suicide.
Am I absurd? No. You see, Staunton is a religious town. In fact, if you drove to Staunton on Route 250 or Route 11, you’ll see scores of church spires all over the place — perhaps, by every block! That town is truly the paradise for Xians, literally! Of course, it influenced the administrators, teachers and staff members to silence and allow the societal problem escalate which claimed this Deaf female student at VSDB. I know because I was there at VSDB. The teachers, administrators and staff members made it clear that being gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender is disgusting and if you are one, you better keep it to your own or face the consequence while they turn their backs upon you!
I’m sure this kind of mentality is very common at many deaf schools across the nation where many administrators, teachers and staff members chose not to do something but to perpetuate things of that nature.
However, last Friday, I was invited by Virginia Commonwealth University”s QueerAction to give a presentation about my experiences as the infamous Ridor of Deaf and Gay Blogger and the relationship with Deaf poeple across the country, Canada and the world. This presentation was in part of GLSEN’s National Day of Silence activity at VCU.
I had a blast time. I truly enjoyed it very much. Thanks, Amanda Zoe Reidinger!
Now this question begs: Out of 6,800 schools and colleges, did a deaf school participate? I hope there is one. But the cold reality is that there won’t be one. If there is one, I’ll sell my testicle, though.
Shame on y’all!